March 17, Friday, Third Week of Lent
Hosea 14: 1 – 9; Mk 12: 28b – 34
Love is the main theme of the readings today. The first and foremost commandment in the Bible is “You shall love, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. … and you shall love your neighbour as yourself.”
The following letter by Einstein serves as a beautiful commentary for the readings today.
In late 1980s, Lieserl, the daughter of the famous genius Einstein, donated 1,400 letters, written by him, to the Hebrew University, with orders not to publish their contents until two decades after his death. This is one of them, written to Lieserl by Einstein:
“When I proposed the theory of relativity, very few understood me, and what I will reveal now to transit to mankind will also collide with the misunderstanding and prejudice in the world .... There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation operating in the universe and has not yet been identified by us. This universal force is LOVE. When scientists looked for a unified theory of the universe, they forgot this most powerful unseen force.
Love is Light that enlightens those who give and receive it. Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others. Love is power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness. Love unfolds and reveals. For love we live and die. Love is God and God is Love. This force explains everything and gives meaning to life. This is the variable that we have ignored for too long, may be because we are afraid of love because it is the only energy in the universe that man has not learned to drive at will.
To give visibility to love, I made a simple substitution in my most famous equation. If instead, of E=mc,’ we accept that the energy to heal the world can be obtained through love multiplied by the speed of light squared, we arrive at the conclusion that love is the most powerful force there is, because it has no limits. After the failure of the humanity in the use and control of the other forces of the universe that have turned against us, it is urgent that we nourish ourselves with another kind of energy ....
If we want our species to survive, if we are to find meaning in life, if we want to save the world and every sentient being that inhabits it, love is the one and only answer. Perhaps we are not yet ready to make a bomb of love, a device powerful enough to destroy the hate, selfishness and greed that devastate the planet. However, each individual carries within a small but powerful generator of love whose energy is waiting to be released. When we learn to give and receive this universal energy, dear Lieserl, we will have affirmed that love conquers all, is able to transcend everything and anything, because love is a quintessence of life.”
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